Like the perfectly pigmented red lipstick that daily shows off her megawatt smile, one current Salon Institute student stylist is a rising example of the confidence and inspiration that comes with boldness.

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Senior student stylist Katelyn Lesle radiates passion, confidence and aplomb at every interaction, from small talk with a client to an impromptu introduction to a potential salon employer. A seasoned performer, Lesle’s confidence born of nearly a decade singing as a jazz performer and acting in musical theatre makes her older than her 22 years. She recently was one of two student stylists selected via audition to represent the institute as a beauty expert in a professionally produced segment airing on TVs across Northwest Ohio.

Though as a young girl, Lesle dreamed of becoming a film and runway makeup artist, since beginning her training About the Salon 2she has become just as passionate about hairdressing. As her dreams changed, so did her goals, and she now plans to work in a salon after she graduates from Salon Institute this fall with the end goal of building her clientele enough to branch out and work for herself, as well as audition to join TIGI Talent and become a TIGI Ambassador. She loves the idea of traveling and sharing her passion with other hairdressers.

As a student at the Salon Institute, TIGI Creative School, Lesle enjoys finding new ways to meet her clients’ beauty needs, especially the challenge of hearing exactly what each client desires and creating a plan to bring that dream to reality.

“What I love most about the cosmetology industry is that I get to make clients feel beautiful every single day – to make a person’s appearance reflect their inner beauty,” Lesle said. “If my clients are happy, so am I.”


— by Kristin Reichardt Rummell